I’m excited to share with you a little today on courage. Believe it or not we use courage every day, but some days you might not notice it. Think about the last time you drove a car. Did you make a left turn across lanes of traffic to get to a different street? There was a degree of courage used to make that turn and trust that the car on the other street wanting to turn left too wouldn’t turn at the same time and hit you. When was the last time you went to a restaurant? It took a degree of courage to eat there and trust you wouldn’t get food poisoning. You live your life with courage, trusting that you will live to see tomorrow.
The dictionary defines courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery” and “the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.”
Maybe you’re living your life scared of the past, struggling with feelings and thoughts of pain from the past. Maybe you’re scared of the future, worried about your marriage, your job, or your children. The good news is you don’t have to be. You have the power to have an amazing future, free from pain, fear and struggles. Let’s take a brief look at the two definitions and see what we can learn.
1) Your frame of mind: Both talk about your ‘quality of mind.’ What does this mean? Very simply this has to do with the state of your mind. You’re no longer acting out of fear or ‘a bad place,’ but you’re willing to bypass the fear, to acknowledge the fear and move beyond it. This doesn’t mean taking stupid or crazy risks, but taking reasonable, responsible steps to overcome or pass your fear.
2) Courage enables you: Having courage enables you to be stronger. It may be bravado in the beginning, as you’re getting used to overcoming your fears, but soon you will be a stronger person and be better able to face any new fears and challenges that you will face with your newly built courage.
3) Facing your fears, danger, pain or difficulty: Both definitions seem to indicate that we’re all going to face our fears. The only way to live a full life is to face them, acknowledge them and be able to bless them and send them on their way. It sounds simple, but it really takes a lot of courage, and is difficult for most people. For some people it takes a lifetime to make peace with their fears, or they may never.
4) Spirit: Sometimes you just can’t adjust your mindset, find balance, and are out of answers. When this happens, another solution is to turn to your Spirit or Source for guidance and courage (That is an unlimited source of courage and strength).
This is only the beginning of the topic of courage. Courage is a deep, inspiring, expansive topic that takes a lifetime of study and practice to understand. Whatever your struggle, I have faith that you will find the courage deep in yourself to get through your challenges, fears and difficulties. Often you need a buddy though, so please share your struggles with a friend or feel free to share below, or visit my website to set up a time to work with me personally on your fears, challenges and courage.